Men's Basketball weekend sweep

January 25th, 2015


Nanaimo Daily News
Scott McKenzie

There’s no question Justin King  is the leader of the VIU Mariners’ offence.

And while he was just two assists shy of a triple-double in their Friday night PacWest men’s basketball home game against the Capilano Blues, it was Jerod Dorby who took the game over.

Dorby, a six-foot-seven sophomore out of Cowichan Secondary School, posted a season-high 38 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in his team’s 106-63 win.

He also had 17 points and seven rebounds in the Mariners’ 93-82 win over the Quest Kermodes on Saturday, in what was the biggest game in the conference on the weekend.

“He played with a ton of energy,” VIU head coach Matt Kuzminski said of Dorby. “He sprinted the floor. He’s athletic and fast, and it just goes to show that if a big guy runs hard, he’ll get easy baskets. Justin, Kadeem (Stewart), those guys were really looking for him and he got  a lot of dump-downs from running the floor off penetration, and he made some nice post moves.

“A lot of it was hard work that allowed him to get easy buckets.”

The win came after a weekend that saw the Mariners lose their national No. 1 ranking with a loss to the Langara Falcons and an overtime win over the Douglas Royals.

Kuzminski said the Capilano win Friday night was a major improvement. “We focused a lot on trying to get the ball moving,” he said.

“Last weekend, against Langara especially, the ball stuck. That was a big focus and I thought the guys did a much better focus on that. As well as, offensively recognizing when we have transition opporuntiies and when we need to get into our offence.”

King’s Friday night included 24 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists while Dover Bay grad Jason Fortin, a senior, finished with 10 points.

Against Quest, a team ranked No. 5 in the country — one spot behind No. 4 VIU — the Mariners and Kermodes were playing in a battle of one-loss teams for first place in the conference.

But the Mariners scored early and often, leading the game for virtually the entire 40 minutes.

“Quest is solid,” Kuzminski said, “and the thing about them is they don’t beat themselves. We pressure, we press, but they kind of run their stuff and wait for you to make mistakes. I thought we made a few too many mistakes, trying to do things like random double teams, reaching for the ball that allowed them to stick in the game. But I think the guys made some improvements on the offensive side, which was big.”

King was the top scorer Saturday with 25 points and seven rebounds. Harrison Stupich, a senior out of Cedar, posted 15 points while former Woodlands star and Mariners sophomore Bryson Cox was four-for-four from three-point range and finished with 12 points.

The win over Quest puts the Mariners in sole possession of first place in the PacWest at 11-1 on the season ahead of two road games this weekend against the Kwantlen Eagles and Columbia Bible College Bearcats.